The Kenilworth Historical Society

Historic House Program

Interested in historic architecture?

Do you own a historic house or are you interested in buying one? Or do you just enjoy learning about historic architecture and older homes? The Kenilworth Historical Society is hosting a group of speakers who will address the many aspects of owning or buying a historic home. After the presentations there will be time for a question and answer session.

– Kevin Mathers owner of KGM Home Inspections will speak about the construction of older homes and the things to keep an eye out for when doing a walk through.

– Chip Hackley an architect with Hackley and Associates will speak to historic renovation and preservation work and the positives/negatives about renovating or adding onto historic homes.

– Barbara Mawicke a real estate agent with @properties will address the basics of buying and selling a historic house and the positives and negatives about selling/marketing a historic home.

July 20th 7:00-9:00 pm at the Kenilworth Club. Members: free, non-members: $5 suggested donation. Please RSVP to


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Spring Newsletter

NewsletterTake a look at our Spring Newsletter! Read about recent exhibits, donations, and other happenings at the historical society.

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Share your collection!

The Kenilworth Historical Society is opening up the lobby display case for public exhibits. If you have a personal collection you would like to share with the community please let us know. Create a display with your antique toy, rock, and mineral, baseball card, or any other collection you may have. Collectors of every age are encouraged to participate. Below is an example of a complete display. Yours can be as simple or elaborate as you want.


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Found in Collection blog

Follow our new weekly bloHans-Christian-Andersen-The-Tallow-Candle-Manuscript-Found-2012g! Found in Collection highlights the interesting stories behind some unique artifacts in the historical societies holdings.

The Kenilworth Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the materials that document the people, events, and organizations of the small North Shore village. During my time as curator at the Society I’ve found a variety of fascinating and peculiar artifacts that tell the story of Kenilworth. We’ve recently begun an inventory of the entire collection, which has uncovered a plethora of interesting artifacts. I hope you find these museum relics as intriguing as I do.

I was inspired to write this blog one afternoon as I was combing though a box I found in our collection room. In a single box I found a prescription bottle of prohibition era whiskey, a death mask, a piece of the White House and much more. It’s no secret that the vast majority of museums’ collections never see the light of day. For example, The Field Museum in Chicago only has 1% of it’s collection on display at any given time. Museums just don’t have the gallery area (or budget) to display all the wonderful things we have. This project will shed light on the hidden treasures in our collection while exploring the captivating history behind them.



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The Kenilworth Historical Society

The mission of the Kenilworth Historical Society, founded in 1922, is to serve as a museum and repository for the local historical materials that document the people, events, and organizations involved in the history of the Village of Kenilworth, on an ongoing basis. The society collects, preserves, and interprets these materials and makes them available to the public, both children and adults, through exhibits, programs, and access to its research collection.

Kenilworth, Illinois is located between the villages of Wilmette and Winnetka, sixteen miles north of the Chicago loop.

The Society is located in the Stuart Memorial Building, 415 Kenilworth Avenue in the center of the village, directly east of the train station and across the street from the Kenilworth Assembly Hall. Kenilworth Avenue is accessible from Sheridan Road on the eastern end and Green Bay Road on the western end.

Museum and Research Center Hours:

Mondays, 9:00 t0 4:30 and Thursdays, 9:00 to 4:30 Kenilworth, Illinois is located between the villages of Wilmette and Winnetka, sixteen miles north of the Chicago loop.


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